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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 25th Apr 2010

The Power of Dreams and the Neanderthal in your Genes

A child sleeping (c) Alessandro Zangrilli

In this NewsFlash, we find out how we may soon be able to predict the Asian monsoon - one of the most important weather events in the world.  We explore why dreaming helps you to remember things and find out about the stresses and strains a tablet experiences after you've swallowed it!  Plus, the Neanderthal in your genes - new genetic evidence that our ancestors interbred with other hominids on at least two occasions.

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  • 00:15 - Predicting the Asian Monsoon

    Researchers this week have presented, for the first time, a record of Asian Monsoon data stretching over 700 years. The Asian Monsoon affects nearly five billion people each year but it involves a huge weather system and it’s very hard to predict how it will change each year. Un...

  • 01:35 - Sleep on it – and dream about it – to remember it

    Have you ever found that the advice to “sleep on it” turns out to be true, whether it's solving a problem or trying to learn something? We've known for some time that sleep helps us to remember things, by helping the brain to file away and strengthen memories. Now new research f...

  • 04:31 - Following the squeeze on pills

    This week researchers in an international team from Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the US have managed to measure the forces felt by a small pill as it travels through the intestines.

  • 06:11 - Stretching the limits of stem cells

    Stem cells research is a really exciting area of science, and one we often cover on the show. Now new research published in the journal Nature reports an important step forward in our understanding of stem cells, and how we might be able to use them in the future.

  • 09:04 - The Neanderthal in your Genes

    A new genetic analysis of nearly 2,000 people from all over the globe suggests that our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals over at least two different periods. Professor Jeffrey Long, from the University of New Mexico, explains more...



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